Archive for the 'Lake County' Category

January 12, 2018

Building Agency Capacity Leads to More Fresh Food Distributed

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is intentionally increasing the output of fresh, healthy food into our community. Thanks to farmers, growers, retail partners and food suppliers, more than 52% of the food distributed last year was fresh! This means more fruits, vegetables, dairy and meats found their way onto the plates of kids, seniors and families in Central Florida.

One way to keep this momentum moving in the right direction is to build capacity at local feeding partners. When food pantries and programs have the right equipment to safely store perishable food, more of our neighbors can enjoy fresh produce, milk, and meat.

Manna Medical recently donated 10 coolers and refrigerators to Second Harvest to share with local pantries, like Shepherd Vision Ministry in Parramore. This weekly feeding program began several years ago when Yolaine Phillip had a vision to lift up her neighborhood. “I saw so much need around the stadium,” she recalls. “I would take people food and try to connect my neighbors with different organizations.”

Last year, the organization lost its only refrigerator when they relocated to a new building. They used to include produce in their weekly distribution, like apples, potatoes and other items. Now they can only distribute basic pantry items. When Yolaine received a call that a refrigerator was available, she came the same day to pick it up.

“This is a blessing to so many people,” Yolaine said. “Thank you, very much.”

It may be one small change, but over time, these donated refrigerators will cause a ripple effect throughout the community. With each bag of produce or gallon of milk, a family in need will be fed and nourished, thanks to you.

If you are an agency who could increase your capacity by serving more fruits, vegetables and meats with the help of a cold storage unit please send your requests to fdelgado@feedhopenow.org

October 27, 2017

Childhood Hunger in Lake County

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

In Central Florida, one in four children is at risk of going to bed hungry. Sadly, hunger can dramatically impact a student’s ability to perform well in school and affect their interest in engaging with the world around them. Thanks to the National School Lunch Program, many students are able to access free breakfast and lunch during the school week. However, many of these students return to school on Monday with empty stomachs and are unable to concentrate on their lessons.

In 2016, Lake Cares Food Pantry, one of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s feeding partners, took over a weekend backpack program at Triangle Elementary School in Mt. Dora. Many of the families that access its main pantry have students who attend the school, where 86% of the students participate in the National School Lunch Program. Each week, Lake Cares provides 35-40 backpacks filled with peanut butter, jelly, bread, fruit cups, snacks and other non-perishable items.

The school recently honored Lake Cares for its support and partnership. The students presented Irene O’Malley with handmade cards expressing their gratitude. Irene was most impressed by the student’s understanding of hunger and awareness of how Lake Cares is here to help them succeed.

Learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank’s programs for kids: http://www.feedhopenow.org/site/PageServer?pagename=how#kids

Photos below courtesy of Triangle Elementary.

 

October 3, 2017

Important Information Regarding Disaster- SNAP

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

These benefits are only for those not currently receiving SNAP. Eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster related expenses. Disaster-SNAP Application link and dates.

School lunch:

 

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/News-Events/Press-Releases/2017-Press-Releases/Adam-Putnam-Announces-Free-School-Meals-for-All-K-12-Students-in-48-Counties-Impacted-by-Hurricane-Irma

 

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/News-Events/Press-Releases/2017-Press-Releases/Incoming-Puerto-Rican-Students-Are-Eligible-for-Free-School-Meals

 

 

September 6, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Join Our Agency Council

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Now in its 4th year, Second Harvest Food Bank’s Agency Council is ready to grow!

The Council is a group of committed partner agencies and Second Harvest staff who meet monthly to strategically discuss things happening at the food bank, at their agencies and out in the community.

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider joining:

 

#1 Be the First to Hear Food Bank News

Council members often learn about updates to programs like SNAP and TEFAP, and get sneak peaks at things like our new warehouse layout before they’re communicated network-wide. Second Harvest staff are regularly invited to present updates from their respective areas – past speakers include Greg Higgerson, VP of Development and Kelly Quintero, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations.

#2 Meet Other Agencies

We know that it can be hard to network with other agencies. The Council is the perfect place to get to know agencies of all shapes and sizes by providing an easy, nonthreatening way to connect with one another and to share common challenges and successes.

#3 The Open Forum

Ask us anything! Really! Each Agency Council meeting concludes with an “open forum” where we discuss whatever is on your mind. The only rule – if you talk about a problem or concern, you’ll have to offer a potential solution.

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